I graduated from Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey in May 1980 with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. It was a blessing that my Nursing Board scores were high enough to grant me reciprocity in all 50 states, as I married a Naval Aviator in May 1982, my now husband of 36 years, whose naval career took us on many adventures, within the United States, and to our delight, out of country as well.
Upon graduation, I became specialized in adult cardiac nursing. I worked with both pre and post open-heart surgical patients at Deborah Heart & Lung Center in Browns Mills, NJ. After marrying in 1982, and while waiting patiently for God to bless us with a full quiver of children, I worked in adult cardiac telemetry and rotated through ICU, CCU and the ER. While living overseas, I worked as a Family Advocacy Representative, in a counseling capacity, as a GS Civil Servant, utilizing my psychiatric nursing skills, while my husband was busy with aircraft carrier landings and detachments to foreign lands.
I have a wide variety of nursing experiences, as I have also been the charge nurse for a busy adult ambulatory care clinic, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, called Mission Medical Clinic. It was a privilege to be an integral part of “Healing the Sick in Jesus’ Name” serving the poor and uninsured of El Paso and Teller Counties; all those who were 200% below poverty level, were eligible for our care. I have been a school nurse for Academy School District Twenty in Colorado Springs, covering 3 elementary schools and 1,750 students, and one day a week, providing private duty nursing care, on site, to a non-verbal, non-ambulatory, little girl attending pre-school. Then, the Lord moved us out of Colorado, into Texas. It was in Texas that HE placed me in the public-school system to teach within the Health Science Cluster of The Career & Technical Education Department, in the local high school, in the small town of Del Rio. It was there that I earned an alternative teaching certification through iTeachtexas. I then became an EMT to be able to teach it and my ER nursing experience made that a fun learning journey.
In addition to my BSN and RN licensure, I am a Nationally Registered EMT-B Instructor of both the didactic portion and psychomotor skills; as well as, a certified American Heart Association, BLS CPR instructor. As such, during the past 6 years, I have been proud to serve as a teacher within Del Rio High School’s CTE’s Health Science Cluster, teaching high school seniors the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (NREMT-B) Certification Course, and aside from earning them a national certification, they also earned 10 college credits upon course completion, through Southwest Texas Junior College. I have also greatly enjoyed teaching sophomores Medical Terminology with a Latin emphasis and Principles of Health Science.
The public school was a most unusual setting for me, as I attended parochial schools my entire life, though I am not a practicing Catholic, but a born-again Christian, and as I am also a veteran home educator of 27 years, homeschooling my children from birth to college. When people ask me about my greatest accomplishment, I refer always to my beautiful family. Our three sons all have attended educational institutions of distinction, through the Lord’s guidance, tender mercies and favor, on full scholarship; two attended the United States Air Force Academy and one attended Fordham University. Our 1st child was adopted from the Philippines, at 6.5 years old and 22 pounds, we returned to the states with a little “Asian Treasure”, whom we did our very best to love and raise in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. After our adoption, I gave birth to 3 babies in 3 years. My firstborn son, Daniel, is a brilliant young man, climbing the corporate ladder at MasterCard. My 2nd born son, Christopher, was the youngest graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and is currently a distinguished F16 Fighter Pilot. He just recently was given the highest honor a fighter pilot can receive and that is to attend the Air Force’s “Top Gun”, called Fighter Weapon’s School. Not only did he graduate from this elite school, he took Top Gun AT Top Gun, earning a trophy for the flying portion. My daughter, Maria, is a wonderful young woman of impeccable integrity, who decided on becoming a professional chef and a nanny. Aside from being a degreed Culinary Arts graduate, she is also a highly sought-after Administrative Assistant and was an amazing Children’s Director at Del Rio Bible Church, bringing to the table all the things she loved as a child in church, whenever the doors were opened. Maria was also the secretary for two churches. Lastly, our youngest son, our baby boy, Benjamin Joseph, just graduated this May 2018, with a World Class degree, having attended Fordham University, Bronx, New York, on a 100%, $77,000.00 per year scholarship as the “Starting Center” of the Fordham Rams Football team; a D-1AA FCS team.
In May 2017, it was clear God was moving us again. My husband, Daniel, a retired American Airlines Pilot, who has taught USAF T-1 Pilots at Laughlin Air Force Base, was hired to serve as a simulator instructor pilot at the 558that Randolph Air force Base. Since wherever God calls my husband, I follow, I accepted a job offer at Samuel Clemens High and loved being a HOSA advisor, (Health Occupation Students of America) and taking dedicated students to regional and state competitions and teaching Health Science Courses there, as well.
It is with a heart full of gratitude that I share my delight that the Lord has moved us yet again, and is growing me professionally. He has opened the door for me to serve in Christian education, here, at The Lutheran High School of San Antonio, wherein we as a body of believers, empowered by the Gospel, will nurture faith and discipleship and promote academic excellence to the glory of Jesus Christ (Our Mission Statement). I very much am looking forward to serving in a Christian college-preparatory educational institution and developing a partnership within our community, and with the parents, staff and students of The Lutheran High School Family. It is with expectant faith that I will encourage those students placed in my charge, to pursue their personal best, every single day. I believe with all my heart that every student has been given by a gracious God, all the intellect, skills, talent and abilities that they will ever need to fulfill the wonderful plan HE has for their lives.’ I, as their teacher, do commit to helping them recognize their unique brilliance, facilitate their learning, encourage positive thought and behavior and mentor them to deem others more important than themselves; to have an attitude of service before self; and to pursue excellence in all they think, do and say.
By His Grace Alone, I Remain,
A daughter of The King Most High; Wife to a Deeply Devoted Man of Courage; and Mother to Extraordinaires,
And now, I am abundantly blessed to have become at such a time as this,
“Your” “Nurse Mary Jo”
~ Mary Jo Hartman ~